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911 Budgie is sick, and I can't get her to a vet

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I've been trying for several days now, to get my budgie to a vet, but none of the avian vets within a 2 hours from here can see her. She is puffed up and sleeping with her head tucked into her wing a lot. Today she has also started throwing up (but it's not wet. Just pure seeds, which is weird), and I also noticed seeds in her poop. She is still pretty active, playing, grooming, chirping, flying, etc. She also eats and drinks normally.
I've put up a heat lamp by the cage, because I read that can help. The warmth really seems to perk her up, and she becomes a lot more active.
What else can I do to help her? I'm going to keep trying to get her to a vet, but what should I do in the meantime?
 

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Is this Sprite? Is she gorging on the millet still? If she's regurgitating some it would be no surprise.
I don't like the lamps. It's hard for the budgies to judge the heat to know when to move away (causing burns and damaging their eyes). Try and find another way to keep her warm and calm.
Keep trying for a vet, she's going through it all at the moment. It's not fair and she needs help.
Plenty of easy to eat wet food will help her stay hydrated.
 

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Is this Sprite? Is she gorging on the millet still? If she's regurgitating some it would be no surprise.
I don't like the lamps. It's hard for the budgies to judge the heat to know when to move away (causing burns and damaging their eyes). Try and find another way to keep her warm and calm.
Keep trying for a vet, she's going through it all at the moment. It's not fair and she needs help.
Plenty of easy to eat wet food will help her stay hydrated.
Yes, this is Sprite.
She's not gorging on millet. I've been limiting her seeds, especially today, as I don't want her throwing up again. She's been eating mostly pellets today, and I gave her some carrot tops because she loves that. I figured it would giver her some water too, because of the wet leaves. She is drinking normally though.
I have the heat lamp pretty far from the cage. Just close enough to give some warmth, but not nearly close enough to burn her.
I'm still trying to get her to a vet. I have called 20 clinics at this point, but none of them will take her. Either they won't take any new patients because of covid, their avian vet isn't there, or they're booked up. I made an appointment at one clinic for Wednesday, but I would much rather get her somewhere sooner.
 

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I just wanted to ask, is it normal for a sick bird to act sick one minute, and then completely fine the next? Because Sprite was just really energetic, banging her food bowls (her favorite game), climbing and hanging upside-down, giving me kisses, flying around, etc. Her behavior is just really confusing me.
 

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I just wanted to ask, is it normal for a sick bird to act sick one minute, and then completely fine the next? Because Sprite was just really energetic, banging her food bowls (her favorite game), climbing and hanging upside-down, giving me kisses, flying around, etc. Her behavior is just really confusing me.
It can be, yes. As prey animals they want to hide illness, plus little bits of hydration, warmth, calories, etc, can give their body a "second" wind.
 

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It can be, yes. As prey animals they want to hide illness, plus little bits of hydration, warmth, calories, etc, can give their body a "second" wind.
It's not really like she's hiding it though. At least, it doesn't look like that to me. I have chickens, and they hide their sicknesses very well too, but I can always tell when something is not quite right. Sprite acts completely normal. It's really strange.
 

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We can only go off the information provided :hug4: You are worried enough to make a 911 thread and call 20 vets today. To me that means you feel something is wrong. I have always listened to that voice in me and never been disappointed with myself for doing so.
 

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So, I have a question. I was watching her just now, and she was doing really well. She was active and happy. I decided to put their seed mix back in the cage for a bit, so they could eat some before bed. She ate the seeds, then immediately seemed to get worse again. Now I'm thinking, would it be possible that she is allergic to one of the seeds? She did start eating the hemp seeds very recently (she never ate them before). Could she be allergic to them?
 

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It could be a bad batch of seeds too. Are sure they hemp? Because sometimes marijuana seeds are somwtimes mixed in as hemp seeds, just saying....
 

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We can only go off the information provided :hug4: You are worried enough to make a 911 thread and call 20 vets today. To me that means you feel something is wrong. I have always listened to that voice in me and never been disappointed with myself for doing so.
Yes, I know something is wrong. I'm definitely not denying that. Her behavior just seems really odd to me is all.
 

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It could be a bad batch of seeds too
Do you think I should make a new mix of just millet, rolled oats, and oat groats (these are all things they've eaten for ages and I know are okay), just to see if that helps?
 

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In theory, anything that has protein has the ability to cause an allergic reaction. I don't know what that looks like in a bird.
 

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Pedilyte 50/50 with water. So 2oz water to 2 ia premade Pedilyte. You may have syringe it in drop by drop.
 
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